Charmed, I’m sure


I’m such a sucker for charm bracelets. I love dangling little things, especially when they have interesting back stories, or symbolize something deeply personal. And that’s the beauty of cult favorite Rhode Island-based brand Alex and Ani, which offers a line of beaded bracelets, spike cuffs, and charm bangles (each […] Read more »

Aldo Conterno Barolos at Chef Jessie’s

Aldo Conterno Barolo Bussia 2009 and Cicala 2009

Lester Harvey of Zen Asia, Inc., probably Manila’s top importer of New Zealand wines, has recently been on an Italian spree, bringing samples of many Italian wines to see their suitability for the Philippine market. I have been fortunate to attend several of his dinners where he invites friends to […] Read more »

Typhoon Haiyan and The Filipino State of Mind

photo by Romeo Ranoco/ Reuters via Yahoo! News

Today’s happy place isn’t a physical place per se, but more of a state of mind. The crisis brought about by Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) has sent our entire nation reeling; even so, it has not broken the Filipino spirit. Case in point: While volunteering transport services at […] Read more »

Shop for a cause

aid couture

I know it can seem callous, shopping at a time like this. It’s surreal, to see everything tinsel-shiny and bright, when the situation is so heartbreakingly bleak for our fellow countrymen in the Visayas. But if you happen to be out doing errands or picking out gifts for loved ones, […] Read more »

Dine For A Cause This Weekend


Sifting through our social networks, it’s a heartwarming sight to see more and more food establishments taking the initiative to donate some (or all!) of the proceeds of a certain day’s sales to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. (Just last night, Albert rounded up the Lab Rats, and herded us […] Read more »

#ReliefPH : How You Can Help Victims of #YolandaPH

1000 Bear Hugs

We have no words—the devastation wrought by Typhoon Yolanda is almost impossible to comprehend. (Here’s just one heartbreaking report from Rappler.) But it is encouraging to see relief efforts and initiatives all around the Web, in true bayanihan fashion (look for the hashtag #ReliefPH). The call to action: volunteer, donate, […] Read more »

Chaine des Rotisseurs California Wine Classics Dinner at Prince Albert

Gen. Carlos P. Romulo with members of the Chaine des Rotisseurs Manila in the 1970s.

The latest in the Chaine des Rotisseurs Wine Classics dinners organized by the Chaine’s specialist wine group called the Ordre Mondial des Gournmets Degustateurs (OMGD) was the California Wine Classics dinner held at the Intercon’s Prince Albert Rotisserie last October 22. As it was an intimate dinner of only 15, […] Read more »